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Guest Curator, Sara Barnes Of Brown Paper Bag

Do you collect art? I do! I’ve been very slowly acquiring things that I like, but it is hard since I am a graduate student and on a limited budget.

What is the favorite piece of art that you own? Steven Riddle and I traded art last fall. He traded me picture of a still life with flowers, using his handcrafted colors and textures. It is hung in my entryway, and greets me when I come home.

Which artist, living or dead would you most like to meet? That’s a tough question! It changes all of the time. I would actually love to meet Neko Case, who is known for her music.

What was the last museum / gallery you visited? What’s next on your list? The last gallery I visited was the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland to see Mina Cheon’s new exhibition, Polipop. I’m traveling to my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri soon so I’m going to try and make it to the Nelson Atkins or Kemper Contemporary Art Museum. I haven’t been to either institutions in 5+ years!

Do you produce art? If so, what sorts of things do you create? I do, and having an artistic practice is important to me, as I think it gives me better insight to others’ work. I work a lot in collage, mostly paper. I also have rediscovered my love for embroidery and have started sewing again.

Did you grow up in an artistic family? My mother and brother were/are both English majors in college. My brother is still continuing his education (in English) and will begin his PhD this coming fall. My mother also had a sketchbook when she was younger, which I think inspired me to draw as a child!......

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